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PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: October 2023

PMI Switzerland Chapter Newsletter: October 2023


October 2023 - Volume 23 - Issue 10

‍[Upcoming Events]


‍Author: Philip Springuel, PMP

Dear readers,


On October 18th in Basel, PMI Switzerland holds the 12th PM Conference, its annual must-attend event. Our Message from the Board this month, from Agustín Díaz Salvadores, VP Finance, highlights the singular importance of this year’s meeting.

See the links below and read the interview of Conference Leads Marco Singarella and David Puippe. An article on transformative change from Conference speaker Annar Merirand also appears in this newsletter.


Laura Ares’ article relating a recent Artificial Intelligence and project management event, gives us a unique view of the battle among the industry’s giants. More about upcoming events are highlighted in useful summaries in this newsletter, including an introduction to PMI’s Chief of Staff to the CEO, whose talk will feature insight on how project managers enable growth in the digital era.


PMI Switzerland welcomes several new members this month, find their info further on and don’t forget to register to the 12th PM Conference and the many other career development events on offer. Join us on social media to enhance your experience of PMI Switzerland.




PMI Switzerland Chapter

Message from the Board

Author: Agustín Díaz Salvadores, VP Finance

As the Vice President of Finance for the PMI Switzerland Chapter, I am delighted to inform you that our dedicated team is diligently preparing for the 12th annual conference, sche-duled to take place on the 18th of October 2023. This event promises to be a significant milestone in the project management community, offering a platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and professional growth. I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our remarkable team of volunteers who have been working tirelessly to make this conference a reality. Their dedication and commitment are truly commendable. Without their passion and effort, this event would not be possible.


We encourage all members and professionals in the field of project management to
actively participate in this conference. It is an opportunity to gain valuable insights,
exchange ideas, and expand your professional network. Let us come together to make this event a resounding success.


Mark your calendars for the 18th of October 2023, and join us in celebrating the spirit of project management excellence. Together, we can achieve greatness in our profession. See you at the conference!

Agustín Díaz Salvadores

VP Finance 


Authors: Marco Singarella, PMP
              David Puippe, PMP

Interview with Marco Singarella and David Puippe: Leads of the 12th PMI Conference in Basel 

JoannaGood day, Marco and David. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us today about the upcoming 12th PMI Conference in Basel. Could you tell us more about the theme for this year's conference and what attendees can expect?

MarcoOf course, thank you for having us. This year, our conference theme is "INNOVATIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT: POWER SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE." We believe that in today's rapidly evolving technological landscape, project managers are facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities. We want to equip our attendees with the power skills necessary to not only survive but thrive in this changing environment.


DavidThat's right. With the advent of technologies like ChatGPT and AI, project management is undergoing a significant transformation. We want our attendees to mark their calendars for the 18th of October and join us at the Roche Conference Venue in Basel/Kaiseraugst for a day filled with insights, best practices, and networking opportunities. We believe that exchanging best practices offers learning opportunities.


Transformative Changes of Our Time: Parallels with the Past and the Road Ahead? 

AuthorAnnar Merirand

Esteemed speaker at the forthcoming 12th PM conference share his insights on Transformative Changes of Our Time, from the digital revolution to the changing nature of work, Mr. Merirand's presentation promises to shed light on the most critical challenges and opportunities that project managers face in the 21st century.


The historical backdrop of the two world wars and the Great Depression serves as a stark reminder of the profound impact that economic and political shocks, when combined, can have on a global scale. In this article, we embark on a journey to explore the intriguing parallels between that era and the transformative changes we are currently witnessing. Today, our world is in the throes of profound shifts, primarily driven by the end of globalization as we know it and the imminent wave of technological advancements.

Globalization's Shift Towards Regionalization  

For nearly eight decades, the Bretton Woods system has been the bedrock of international trade, ensuring the safety of global commerce through the dominance of the US dollar as the single global reserve currency.

However, it's increasingly evident that this arrangement no longer aligns with America's
interests and is gradually being dismantled. Recent developments such as the signing of NAFTA 2, the emergence of the BRICS movement, and initiatives like the 3-Seas Initiative signal the rise of regional and political blocs aimed at trade and mutual defense. These developments foreshadow significant changes in the global economic landscape.  



AI in Project Management Workshop:
A Duel of Titants - ChatGPT vs. Bard

Author: Laura Ares, PMP

In the realm of Artificial Intelligence (AI), two titans have emerged as formidable players in the world of text generation: ChatGPT and Bard. Recently, a workshop titled "AI in Project Management: Capabilities, Limitations, & the Power of Emotional Intelligence" brought these AI giants to the forefront, showcasing their unique capabilities and examining their limitations in the context of project management.

The Duel Begins: ChatGPT vs. Bard

The workshop kicked off with an exploration of the capabilities of ChatGPT and Bard in the realm of project management. Both AI models demonstrated their prowess in understanding and generating human-like text, offering insights into various aspects of project management.


  • ChatGPT's adaptability and versatility were evident as it effortlessly tackled a range of project management scenarios.It showcased its ability to assist project managers in tasks such as generating project reports, drafting emails, and even providing advice on stakeholder communication. 
  • Bard demonstrated its flair for storytelling, illustrating how it could craft engaging narratives to convey project progress and challenges effectively. Its creative approach to text generation was intriguing and brought a fresh perspective to project reporting.

Limitations: Where Do They Fall Short?

While both ChatGPT and Bard exhibited impressive capabilities, the workshop driven by Florian Ivan didn't shy away from exploring their limitations. Although it is very useful to avoid the blank page syndrome or even as a checklist, the content is quite generic and really depends on the art of each user to provide the necessary information to the AI model.

As he flagged, “technology is more advanced than we are”, but one element remains irreplaceable - human emotions, and according to the expert, it will be the main limitation for these tools, at least for the next months to come.


[Event in Lausanne]

How project managers enable growth in the
digital era? with the Chief of Staff to the CEO
of PMI

Author: Martin Härri, PMP®, PMI-SP®, PMI-ACP®, Director Corporate Relationships PMI Switzerland Chapter

The Digital Era is characterized by disruption caused by emerging technologies, increased speed of changes and making the ability to adapt an essential skill. Companies need to rethink their approach to strategic management, operational excellence, and antifragility, as the lifespan of predictions and forecasts traditionally used for enterprise planning gets shorter and sometimes predictions even contradict each other. 

How can project managers help executives in pursuing sustainable growth in a fast changing business landscape?  And what makes a project manager future-proof? Lenka Pincot, Chief of Staff to the CEO of the Project Management Institute will share her experience and the thought leadership research to provide the latest perspectives.


Event Date 09-10-2023 at 18:30


[Event in Zurich]

AI in Project Management: Capabilities, Limitations and Practical Applications 

Author: Martin Härri, PMP®, PMI-SP®, PMI-ACP®, Director Corporate Relationships PMI Switzerland Chapter

This event will explore the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in project management, showcasing its capabilities and limitations, and will inspire the participants with practical applications that they can try out in the workshop, and the next day in their projects. The event will be a demonstration of AI capabilities in project management, using real-world examples and case studies.


Participants will learn how AI can help in automating repetitive tasks, predicting risks and opportunities, optimizing resource allocation, and enhancing decision-making. However, the event will also address the limitations of AI in project management, such as its reliance on data quality and availability, its lack of contextual awareness and creativity, and its potential bias and ethical issues. Participants will discuss the risks and challenges of relying solely on AI in project management and the need to balance its use with human intelligence and expertise. The event will feature interactive activities and discussions to allow participants to practice and reflect on their own AI skills and how they can apply them in their project management roles. So prepare to take part actively to the workshop and to contribute to the demo.


By the end of the event, participants will have a deeper understanding of the role of AI in project management, its capabilities and limitations. Participants will leave with practical insights and tools to enhance their project management skills and become more effective leaders.


Event Date 25-10-2023 at 18:30


[Event in Zurich]

IPMD: Reinventing project management
by Stephane Derouin: Hybridisation from the field 

Reinventing project management: "The power of hybridization: Sharing field experiences in project management". A new guide written by members of PMI France chapter.


"There is no single approach that can be applied to all projects all the time". 

PMBOK™ Guide V7


Waterfall, Agile, Agile at Scale or Hybrid: for reinvented project management, let's master the strengths and limitations of each approach. How to make the right choice with an end-to-end vision: since project demand, but also during project execution and beyond.  


At this conference, you'll get the latest information on this new reality, presented by Stéphane DEROUIN, who is responsible for PMI France's Guide to best hybrid practices, will give you a sneak preview. This reference document has just been published by Amazon, and its mission is to explain what hybridization is, as well as concrete examples of emerging hybrid practices and techniques implemented in large organizations.

PMI Switzerland is proud to invite you to celebrate IPMD at this event.


Event Date 01-11-2023 at 18:30


[Event in Geneva]

IPMD: Reinventing project management
by Stephane Derouin: Hybridisation from the field  

PMI Switzerland is proud to invite you to celebrate IPMD at this event.


Event Date 02-11-2023 at 18:30


[Community PMI CH]

‍Members Update

Author: Alp Camci, PMP

A warm welcome to all new members that joined our Chapter.

Congratulations also to the members who obtained certifications in August.

The following member provided information about themselves; James Corbett, Kristy Jackson, Lluc Farrera Soler, Cenk Kut.

James Corbett

Kristy Jackson

Lluc Farrera Soler

Cenk Kut

[Social media]

What's‍ New on Your YouTube Channel?

The PMI Switzerland Chapter has developped its own YouTube channel. Every month you can watch interesting topics about project management and all around.


Discover the last 3 videos posted on the channel:




The next Newsletter will be published on Monday 6th of November. 

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Agustín Díaz Salvadores, PMP

Laura Ares, PMP, PMP

David Puippe, PMP

Marco Singarella, PMP

Martin Härri, PMP

Alp Camci, PMP

 Annar Merirand 

Copy Editor:

Philip Springuel, PMP

Technical Editors:

Alice Bianchi, PMP

Publications Director:
Daniel Rodellar, PMP

The PMI Switzerland Chapter is a non-profit professional business organization, and is a chartered chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Newtown Square, PA, USA.

Views and opinions expressed in the newsletter are those of the authors and, unless otherwise stated, do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the chapter or PMI or imply partnership.

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